Issues: Government Operations

Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811, Steve Barz (585) 225-3650
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services

Joint – Senate Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Capital Investment
Chair: Senator Carl Marcellino
and Senate Standing Committee on Transportation
Chair: Senator Joseph Robach
Public Hearing: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Budget and Finances: To
examine the changes necessary to prevent annual operating deficits and
stop the continuing cycle of increased fares and decreased services
Place: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New York
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Contact: Debbie Peck Kelleher (518) 455-2390
Media Contact: Kathy Wilson (516) 922-1811, Steve Barz (585) 225-3650
ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 2, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Statement from Senator Marc Panepinto on Intense Lake-effect Snowstorm

 BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Marc Panepinto released the following statement:

“After the devastation caused by the Snowvember storm, all of us in Western New York understand that we must always be prepared for the worst when it comes to lake-effect winter storms. While many areas in the City of Buffalo and the Northtowns were spared from severe weather, the Southtowns in my district were not so lucky. The precautions put in place by the Governor and local municipalities helped ensure the safety of residents. I've been in constant contact with the Governor’s office and local authorities since last night, and it’s clear that we have learned the lessons of our region’s experience in November.”

January 9, 2015
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Depew Bee: Zurbrick Road to be repaired with state funds

State funding totaling $85,000 has been allocated to the reconstruction of portions of Zurbrick Road in theVillage of Depew according to Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan.

January 8, 2015
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Libous: IDC To Be ‘Respected’ In New Rules

JAN 6TH - 6:05 PM

Posted by Nick Reisman in State Senate

The state Senate’s new rules will grant some power to the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, but also acknowledge that Republicans control the chamber, Deputy Senate Republican Leader Tom Libous on Tuesday said.

“I think it will be a good working relationship,” Libous said. “It will be a positive one. I think once the rules are finally adopted, it will show Republicans control the chamber, but the IDC will be respected and have a lot to say.”

January 8, 2015
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The Daily News: Gallivan outlines Wyoming issues in supervisors' talk

Posted: Monday, January 5, 2015 3:03 am

January 5, 2015
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MEASURES TO HELP VETERANS, PROTECT MINORS, AND CREATE JOBS ARE AMONG NEW LAWS THAT TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1, 2015

Measures to help veterans find employment and housing are among the highlights of new state laws that will take effect on January 1, 2015. 

Other laws that take effect on New Year’s Day will: reduce the tax burden on businesses; provide tax credits to employers that hire people with developmental disabilities; allow banks to freeze credit records of minors to prevent identity theft; protect people in adult care facilities; encourage music and theatrical productions in upstate New York; and expand opportunities to finance end-of-life care.  

December 19, 2014
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Senator DeFrancisco Previews the 2015 Legislative Session on Your Voice

Your Voice is an Albany-based cable show that highlights key issues facing New York state government. 

On this week’s program, Senator John A. DeFrancisco provides an economic forecast for 2015, promotes a new public awareness campaign regarding New York’s aging infrastructure, and discusses some big issues that face debate in the new year. 

December 18, 2014
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2015 LEGISLATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE - THE RESULTS

(Thank you for taking the time to complete my legislative questionnaire.  The survey is now closed.  If you have a pressing matter, please feel free to call my district office at 315-428-7632 for assistance.)

As your State Senator, I am doing my best to help make New York a better place to live and work.

With the beginning of the 2015 Legislative Session underway, I value your input on several key state issues that will be debated throughout the new year. That is why I asked all constituents of the 50th Senate District to complete a legislative questionnaire, which more than 4,700 people filled out.  All of these responses remain confidential.

Here are the final results:

December 18, 2014
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Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Buffalo News: Surplus could close $39 million Thruway gap

Toll hike seems unlikely as officials meet to see if state windfall can solve agency budget deficit

By  | News Political Reporter

December 17, 2014
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Regional airports awarded state funding, O'Mara praises 'smart investments' in local economy

Elmira, N.Y., December 16—Several regional airport projects are among 26 aviation projects statewide being awarded a total of $9 million to enhance safety, security and economic development, it was announced in Albany today.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) welcomed the announcement.

December 16, 2014
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WIVB: State Senator: $1.17 billion burden off taxpayers

By Mark Belcher, News 4 Digital ProducerPublished: November 7, 2014, 11:21 pm

November 12, 2014
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Penfield Post: Gallivan supports capping local Medicaid costs

Posted Nov. 11, 2014 @ 3:28 pmUpdated at 3:29 PM Greece, N.Y.

November 12, 2014
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Buffalo News: Thirteen school districts to receive funding for resource officers

Thirteen Western New York school districts will receive money to support new and existing school resource officer programs.

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN ANNOUNCES STATE FUNDING TO SUPPORT SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

SRO PROGRAMS PROMOTE POSITIVE RELATIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES  

November 10, 2014
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SENATOR GALLIVAN SAYS STATE EFFORTS ARE REDUCING THE COST OF MEDICAID FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

MANDATE RELIEF PROJECTED TO SAVE WNY COUNTIES AND TAXPAYERS MILLIONS OVER FOUR YEARS  

 

November 7, 2014
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Senator Gallivan reminds voters of 3 important ballot initiatives to consider this year

Voters head to the polls in a couple of weeks to exercise their most basic democratic right; choosing the people they want to represent them at various levels of government.  In addition to the candidates running for various federal, state and local offices, this year’s ballot includes three important statewide propositions.  Unfortunately, these proposals often don’t get much attention in the media and can catch some voters by surprise. 

October 22, 2014
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Buffalo News: Gallivan urges disaster relief for West Seneca flood victims

The governor is being asked to provide disaster aid to victims of last winter’s ice jam flooding in the Town of West Seneca.

October 16, 2014
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Times Union: Open Internet access imperative

By Martin Malave Dilan, CommentaryThe Federal Communications Commission is struggling to reach an agreement on if, and how much your Internet access provider can limit your access to online content and what content it can limit. In a nutshell, that's the Net Neutrality debate. And the FCC has opened that debate as it weighs the merger America's top two broadband Internet service providers.I proffer the following: There is no acceptable business model for the control over access to information; and there is no acceptable policy with regards to who deems, or what they deem, as "commercially acceptable" or "preferential" regarding information and access to it.

October 1, 2014
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